"With our team of developers, DevOps engineers and webmasters, we live and breathe agile software development, and ensure that our product continues to evolve."

Torsten Müller
Head of IT / IT Development

FOREWORD TO THE
2016 ANNUAL REPORT

We are often asked how SWI swissinfo.ch (SWI) selects its topics. And given the almost endless torrent of information, it's a fair question. In the past media professionals thought they knew what readers wanted and needed, and they made their own decisions about what to report on. But those times are gone. Today empirical analysis, together with user surveys and comments, makes it possible to identify public preferences with a relatively high degree of precision.

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IN CONVERSATION WITH LARISSA M. BIELER

"Switzerland has strong global interrelationships: it shapes foreign countries, it exercises influence, it depends on foreign countries – journalistically we have to position ourselves more strongly"

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SWI swissinfo.ch Committee
Regula Bührer Fecker

SWI swissinfo.ch Committee
Lucy Küng

SWI swissinfo.ch Committee
Oscar Knapp

Ombudswoman SWI
Sylvia Egli von Matt

SWI swissinfo.ch 360°

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"TWITTERVIEW" WITH BALZ RIGENDINGER

Chief Editor for Switzerland

"Our work is an important element in ensuring the transparency of our operational value transfers, and of our productivity. This allows us to continue targeting our services for maximum effect."

Peter Zschaler
Head of Finances and Controlling, Dep. Director

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WHAT DOES
SWI SWISSINFO.CH
ACTUALLY DO?

SOCIAL MEDIA AT
SWI SWISSINFO.CH
in 2017

no trivia here!

SWI SWISSINFO.CH

«Your connection to Switzerland»

TVSVIZZERA.IT,
SWISS WEB TV FOR THE ITALIAN AUDIENCE

"Our work is an important element in ensuring the transparency of our operational value transfers, and of our productivity. This allows us to continue targeting our services for maximum effect."

Peter Zschaler
Head of Finance and Controlling / Dep. Director

The Public Council of SWI swissinfo.ch looks back at 2017

We asked the members of the Public Council to answer the following two questions and to take a look back at 2017.

  • Why was the ten-language platform swissinfo.ch particularly important in 2017?
  • What was an editorial highlight or an especially interesting report for you on www.swissinfo.ch?

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Tell the story!

Introducing the Multimedia team
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Praying at the altar of football
Football is already like a religion to many. Is a football church the next step…? Nouvo brings you short videos about Switzerland, Swiss current affairs and the ...
Overseeing the UN’s ‘most complex’ relief operation
Every day, the United Nations food agency (WFP) needs $2 million (CHF1.98 million) to help feed vulnerable people in Syria. The Swiss humanitarian worker ...
A comic approach to Swiss-African life
A new web series from Swiss Public Television, RTS is using humour to show the daily life of Africans in Switzerland. The approach taken by the programme ...
Transhumanism - upgrading the body
Mike Schaffner wants to become one with technology. Under his skin he wears a number of chips with which he can open doors or exchange contact details.
A revolutionary discovery at EPFL
The River Rhone has suffered from mercury pollution dating from the 1970s. Now researchers at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) have ...
'Explosive' Swiss artist Roman Signer turns 80
Roman Signer is best known for his exploding landscape performance pieces. His art is playful, full of humour and of brutal (yet quiet) poetry. Now the ...
Meet the 11-year-old author
Leandra's still in school, but she's already published a book! Nouvo brings you short videos about Switzerland, Swiss current affairs and the wider world.
The internet can’t believe how the Swiss used to teach babies to swim
Did someone just throw a baby into a pool…? Nouvo brings you short videos about Switzerland, Swiss current affairs and the wider world. Keep up to date and ...
Bern from a homeless perspective
The Surprise association, which publishes a magazine to help the homeless, is celebrating its 20th year. To mark the event, it has launched “socially aware” ...
More snow, fewer avalanches please!
We all like lots of snow, but not when it gets dangerous. Nouvo brings you short videos about Switzerland, Swiss current affairs and the wider world. Keep up to ...

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SWI Highlights 2017

SWI swissinfo.ch Audience Council

In accordance with the SWI swissinfo.ch swisconstitution, the Public Council ensures close contact between the programme managers and the audience.

The Public Council advises the managers in all programme matters and monitors and supports programme work with observations, suggestions and ideas. It regularly evaluates the development, organization and success of the international mandate in terms of quality, relevance, variety and uniqueness.

Urs Ziswiler, President of the Public Council
Former ambassador (Canada, USA, Spain), member of the Board of Directors and member of various committees since 2013, Zurich

Diccon Bewes, Vice-president
author and bookseller, Berne

Chok Woo
Engineer and manager, Berne

Marina Karlin
Publishing director, editor and journalist, Zurich

Cinzia dal Zotto 
Professor at the University of Neuchâtel

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Organization chart

"Switzerland as it lives and functions. We explain our country for a foreign-based audience. The Swiss Department produces unbiased, in-depth, non-sensational items on key issues and events from Switzerland." 

Balz Rigendinger
Head of the Swiss Department

THE OSA AND
SWI SWISSINFO.CH

A summary by
Ariane Rustichelli,
Director of the OSA

Key figures

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201720162015
Operating result (CHF 1'000) 13 -216 0
Total expenditure (CHF 1'000) 18'807 18'817 17'732
Total return (CHF 1'000) 18'820 18'601 17'732
Financing SWI swissinfo.ch
Proportion SRG SSR (in %) 49.9 51.3 50.0
Proportion Confederation (in %) 49.9 48.5 49.5
Proportion SWI swissinfo.ch (in %) 0.2 0.2 0.5
Investments (CHF 1'000) 377 189 310
Proportion of turnover committed to investment (in %) 2.0 1.0 1.7
Depreciation (CHF 1'000) 370.0 478.0 505.0
Equity capital (CHF 1'000) 1'466 1'453 1'669
Provision (CHF 1'000) 630 1'345 581
Full-time positions 85 85 85
Salary increase (in %) 0.0 0.0 0.0

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